DIY solution for using Nikkor G lenses on Nikon film SLR cameras

A reader sent me this DIY solution for using modern Nikkor G lenses on manual Nikon film SLR cameras like the FE or FM2 (it solves the lack of aperture ring problem):

1. You need a Nikkor G lens,  a Nikon film SLR camera and a piece of string:

2. Link the string to the aperture pole of the lens, then pull it and hold it:

3. Hold the lens and mount it on the camera:

4. Hide the string (it looks stupid):

5. Press the preview button to check whether it’s works or not:

6. Press the lens release button and rotate the lens for getting a smaller aperture. Look at the position of the fronts on the lens before and after rotating. I held the preview button and I got f/2.8 by observation:


  • Losing maximum aperture for focusing
  • The split screen doesn’t work with apertures with or slower than f/5.6
  • Not easy to extinguish aperture sizes with or slower than f/5.6
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